Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Briar Cliff University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Briar Cliff University was awarded 24 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social work.

Overall Quality

Briar Cliff is ranked #1,298 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 45 colleges in Iowa, Briar Cliff is ranked at #27.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Briar Cliff?

Acceptance Rate

Since Briar Cliff University has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

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Briar Cliff University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Briar Cliff it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Briar Cliff University is 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Briar Cliff University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Briar Cliff University this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Briar Cliff for first-time, full-time students is 40%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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Briar Cliff University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 817 undergraduates at Briar Cliff with 587 being full-time and 230 being part-time.

How Much Does Briar Cliff University Cost?

The overall average net price of Briar Cliff is $20,604. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Briar Cliff

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,372 $20,688 $18,662 $20,337 $22,742

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Briar Cliff, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Briar Cliff, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $7,411 a year. That adds up to $29,644 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Briar Cliff is 7.9%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Briar Cliff Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Briar Cliff make about $41,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Briar Cliff University make the most money.

Location of Briar Cliff University

Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Briar Cliff University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Briar Cliff is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for Briar Cliff are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104
Phone: 712-279-5321

Briar Cliff University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 46 majors graduated from Briar Cliff University. Of these students, 244 received undergraduate degrees and 89 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 48 $55,625
Social Work 42 $33,993
Business Administration & Management 25 $49,520
Health & Physical Education 23 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15 $33,993
General Psychology 12 NA
Criminology 11 NA
General Biology 7 NA
Accounting 6 $45,500
History 6 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Briar Cliff University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Briar Cliff

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 726 students took at least one online class at Briar Cliff University. This is an increase from the 465 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 726 277
2018-2019 465 322
2017-2018 457 366
2016-2017 462 383
2015-2016 399 317

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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